Rangers-Senators turns nasty

April, 14, 2012
4/14/12
7:56
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NEW YORK -- The Rangers-Senators series got a little nastier Saturday night as a heated brawl in the opening minutes of play resulted in Senators defenseman Matt Carkner and Brandon Dubinsky both getting tossed.

Carkner wasted no time going after Rangers forward Brian Boyle early in the first, unleashing a flurry of punches on the hulking centerman while he was down on the ice. He earned 17 penalty minutes for his attack, including a game misconduct, but the Rangers lost a player in the melee as well. Dubinsky, who jumped in to help Boyle while under siege, was ejected for being the third man in on a fight.

Dubinsky was livid after being assessed a match penalty; he was screaming at officials on his way from the penalty box to the Rangers' bench and upended a Gatorade cooler as he headed off the the Rangers' training room.

Boyle, who roughed up Ottawa's top defenseman Erik Karlsson two nights prior, was targeted again after that in the first by tough guy Chris Neil. He accepted Neil's invitation and dropped the gloves against the bruising Senators winger.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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